It's going to be a wet (and windy) week

More of the same folks..
More of the same folks..

The rest of the week is to persist as it began - with a lot of rain and high winds.

A yellow alert has been issued warning of strong winds through the country until late into the night, according to Met Eireann.

Gales will be coming in from the southwest at speeds of 50-60 km/h, with gusts of 90-105 km/h in many areas, during the second half of Monday.

Widespread rain is likely to develop over the course of the day, with further spells continuing in most areas early tonight.

"Further spells of rain" are expected tonight in most areas, Met Eireann said. 

"However, rain will clear to showers soon after midnight, with the showers becoming confined to northern and western counties later", forecasters said. "Strong to gale force, southwest winds will veer west to northwest with the clearance and it will turn colder."

The northern and western countries will be the most hit as showers will continue until midnight, according to the national forecaster.

Otherwise it will be clear and cold throughout the rest of the country, with temperatures dropping to between five and one degrees.

Tomorrow morning "widespread showers" are expected to prevail throughout the country. These are expected to turn heavy in many areas. 

"Hail will occur also and there will be a risk of thunderstorms, especially further north", Met Eireann said. "West to northwest winds will stay strong throughout the day, with frequent gale gusts up to evening time."

Wednesday and Thursday are expected to be "less windy" but showers are expected to be persist across the country. 

"Scattered showers" are expected on Good Friday but these will recede and give way to a "dry and bright" evening.